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September 23, 2020 | Kristen Jordan
We are continuing to learn so many new things at school! Our days are filled with learning the routines and rhythms of our days, as well as working on a variety of activities.
One of the routines children are getting really good at is washing their hands (so important right now!)
We wash our hands many times during the day to keep the germs at bay!
The children are quickly becoming experts and we have a rhyme that you might ask your child to share with you. It helps to make sure we are washing thoroughly and keeps us washing our hands for long enough:
Tops and bottoms
Tops and Bottoms
Scrub them, all together
Scrub them, all together
Now they’re clean
We have experienced visiting the gym, where children have thoroughly enjoyed playing with beach balls and some smaller squishy balls. It is amazing what fun a ball can bring! Children have run with, kicked, thrown, rolled, and laughed lots with the balls.
Children have played alone, with partners, and with anyone in the vicinity. Many are finding friends they enjoy during our gym time.
At the end of our gym time, we have also done some stretching and yoga-like moves to bring our tired bodies back to a calm place.
Another new place for the Trees Class in these beginning days has been playing in the field in they park. We will go here some days when we don’t have a gym day. In the field there was lots of enjoyment in searching for ants and finding a “Giant Spider Web” in which to hide.
The Trees class children also became bunnies, kitties and puppies during outside play time as they bonded with each other through imaginary animal play! A number of children reported during our reflection time that being in the field at the park was their favorite part of the day.
Back in the classroom, in addition to routines, children are engaged in many, many activities for the morning. One area where children have worked hard has been in drawing. The children are practicing using a good, strong grip while drawing with a marker.
Children have been thinking carefully about how to use their pincer fingers to pick up the marker so that their grip is set in place from the beginning of their work.
Children tried drawing different types of lines (straight, long, short, curvy, zig-zag) and tried to keep thinking about their good grip as they did so. Challenging work!
One other very popular area in the classroom these days is trains. The Trees Class children love going there and building tracks and creating different arrangements of trees and signs for the trains to pass as they travel.
At trains, as well as other areas, children are finding friends with whom they enjoy working. They are figuring out ways of working together, which sometimes means compromise or changing your ideas. We are finding that this is a group of children who are, overall, so kind and good natured, and they really work well together. It has been a lovely beginning!